Wildlife Photographer of The Year 2020 Winners – in Pictures

Sergey Gorshkov’s image of an Amur Tiger hugging an ancient Mancurian fir tree has won the prestigious wildlife photographer of the year 2020 award. The intimate moment, in which the tigress is marking her territory, will feature alongside other category winners in an exhibition at the Natural History Museum from Friday 16 October.

Winner – 15 to 17 years old, and Young Grand Title winner: The fox that got the goose by Liina Heikkinen, Finland

It was on a summer holiday in Helsinki that Liina, then aged 13, heard about a large fox family living in the city suburbs on the island of Lehtisaari. The island has both wooded areas and fox-friendly citizens, and the foxes are relatively unafraid of humans. So Liina spent one long July day, without a hide, watching the two adults and their six large cubs.

Photograph: Liina Heikkinen/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner – Behaviour, Invertebrates: A tale of two wasps by Frank Deschandol, France

This remarkable simultaneous framing of a red-banded sand wasp (left) and a cuckoo wasp, about to enter next-door nest holes in Normandy, France. Though these two species don’t regularly interact, Deschandol was gifted a perfectly balanced composition by the insects’ fortuitous flight paths to their nest holes.

Photograph: Frank Deschandol/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Winner – Animal Portraits: The pose by Mogens Trolle, Denmark

A young male proboscis monkey cocks his head slightly and closes his eyes. Unexpected pale blue eyelids now complement his immaculately groomed auburn hair. He poses for a few seconds as if in meditation. He is a wild visitor to the feeding station at Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey Sanctuary in Sabah, Borneo – ‘the most laid-back character,’ says Trolle, ‘quite unlike anything I’ve ever seen on another monkey’ – connects us, he hopes, with a fellow primate.

Photograph: Mogens Trolle/Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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